Syria: Russian-Backed Ceasefire Allows 28000 To Return Home

Syrian forces reach Jordanian border crossing as rebels negotiate surrender

Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad take Jordan crossing, rebels say ceasefire agreed

The rebels in southern Syria once received significant backing and support from the USA that has and all but dried up over the past few years.

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian Federation, deployed at the Nassib crossing a day earlier, seizing a vital trade route that insurgents held for three years. "An estimated 750,000 lives are in danger".

The United Nations Security Council was set to hold a closed-door emergency meeting on the offensive later Thursday, but world powers have been able to do little to halt the onslaught.

Assad's next target in the south-west appears to be rebel-held areas of Quneitra province at the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where fighting between insurgents and the government escalated on Friday.

Around 3,000 in total are set to return in coming weeks, majority to the Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon.

The fighting in the border area stopped on Friday under a Russian-mediated surrender deal.

State-run news agency SANA said Friday that the Syrian government, not Russian Federation, had reached the deal with the rebels.

"Jordan's efforts succeeded in convincing the negotiating parties to meet again". "We should have been cautious by our friends and the betrayal of friends", the spokesman for the rebels' joint operations room, Ibrahim Jabawi, said bitterly.

The capture of Nasib crossing secured the road between the capital Damascus and Jordan's capital of Amman.

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"The Nassib crossing will come under a Syrian civil administration, with Russian supervision", said Abazeed.

The army also marched into an air base near Deraa city, cutting off the insurgents inside the city from others in a swathe of territory further west. This would split the territory in two.

State news agency SANA said military experts are dismantling explosives in the area.

There was no immediate comment from the Assad government and its Russian backers.

The Syrian government's campaign in Daraa is part of a broader offensive aimed at reclaiming the southwest region from rebel control. A rebel command centre said on Twitter government attempts to storm the town were being resisted after it was struck with "dozens of Russian air raids", barrel bombs and rocket barrages.

A field commander told Reuters the army had cut off rebel supply routes by seizing two towns that overlook the highway leading to the Jordanian border.

Before Syria's brutal conflict started in 2011, hundreds of trucks made the crossing daily, carrying goods from the country into Jordan.

A Syrian man on the Syrian side of the border said he and his family had been camped out near the Jordanian border for 10 days after fleeing the bombardment and airstrikes.

They are the second batch of refugees from the Arsal area to return to Syria in a repatriation organized by the Lebanese General Security, which describes it as a voluntary return.

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